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Is Black Friday Bad For Your Relationship?

 

If “Black Friday” put a black mark on your marriage, you’re not alone. A recent survey found that 6-out-of-10 people said that holiday spending creates tension in their households. But psychologist Dorothy Cantor says that holiday spending really just magnifies the financial issues that cause trouble all year long. So, here’s how to fix 3 money traps that ruin marriages:

 

  • Materialism. According to a study in the Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, couples who valued money because it can buy fancy things were the least satisfied with their marriages, and were more likely to get divorced. Interestingly enough, it didn’t matter whether the couples were rich or poor, even those who could afford what they wanted were unhappy.

 

  • Conflicting values. Jeffrey Dew is a professor of Family Development at Utah State University. His research shows that when one spouse believes their partner spends money foolishly, it makes them 45% more likely to divorce. That’s because it can eat away at their respect for their partner. Of course, the definition of foolish varies. For example, some people consider buying even one lottery ticket a waste of money. So if you have big differences when it comes to money, set aside a specific amount that each person can spend any way they want. 
  • Not having a plan. Nancy Anderson is a director of the website financialfinesse.com. And she says that many of us don’t realize that we create anxiety by not having a clear understanding of where our money goes. To decrease stress, she suggests making a budget and a list of long-term goals. Then, review your spending on a monthly basis, and your overall progress at least once a year.

Happy thanksgiving!!!

the goose story!

the Downside to Computers

    I am at the point of not trusting banks anymore. It really comes down to computers in
General. Saturday my bank had there computer system go down so every branch was closed.
Well I said lets just go to the ATM, Well the ATM Was also down. I could not even use an
ATM at another bank because my banks computers where down. Well this was an eye opener to
me that just goes to show you how we put so much trust into a computer system that is
just bound to fail. With out computers these days nothing can function. Stores, Gas
Pumps, ATM’s, Banks, Phones, TV and radio stations. We are dead in the water. You may
have money but you can’t get it out of the bank and even if you had cash if the computers
are down you can’t even get food from the store. It really is a bad system.

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